The Ogun State Police Command says it has in its custody a health worker, Yewande Gbadebo, who allegedly used hot knife to inflict injuries on the body of her 17-year-old homehelp, Janet.
According to the woman, who is now in Police custody, the homehelp ate a piece of bread which she did not approve of.
The arrest of the suspect, who worked at a Community Health Centre in Erunbe, Abeokuta South Local Government area of the state, was facilitated by Committee for Defence on Human Rights, Ogun State Chapter, following a tip on the incident.
The suspect was not around when the state chairman of the CDHR, Olayinka Folarin, in company with officials of Child Protection Network, went to her shop in Iberekodo area of Abeokuta.
However, the homehelp was rescued and handed over to the police.
The suspect was later arrested and taken to the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit of the Police Command at Oke Ilewo area of the state, where she was interrogated. She later confessed to the crime.
Upon further inquiry, she told the police that she used the hot knife to threaten the victim but she never thought it would cause severe damages to the teenager’s body.
Gbadebo who is a beneficiary of the Federal Government scheme, N-Power, confessed to the police that she got the maid through a suspected child trafficker in Osogbo, Osun State.
Neighbours of the health worker described the arrest of the suspect as long overdue, given the severity of the maltreatment she has been meting out on the homehelp.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the incident as well as the arrest of the suspect.
“The suspect has been arrested, She inflicted injuries on her homehelp with a hot knife. She will be charged to court on completion of investigation.